For discussion and comment:
- How can the development of the framework proceed so that both
the process and content can be increasingly understood and accepted?
How can ownership and participation among intended end-users
and contributors be maximized in the process?
- What perceived benefits do you anticipate from the proposed
framework? How could it assist you in your work?
- Who/which group(s) do you think should contribute to its development,
both for its political acceptability and endorsement, as well
as its technical refinement? For whom will the framework be most
- What challenges might the process face? What concerns can be
- How would you envisage contributing to the process?
- What are the relevant processes and initiatives to which this
effort should be linked?
draft disaster risk reduction framework
Activities that contribute
to building disaster resilient communities are numerous at all
levels. Programmes and policies that promote
disaster mitigation specifically and as part of sustainable development
and other goals (development, environment, health, agriculture,
etc.) are widely supported. Disaster reduction is crucial for sustainable
development. The increasing commitment, and “good practices” for
effective disaster risk management are increasingly being documented.
One example is the preliminary global review of disaster reduction
initiatives “Living with Risk” that has been issued
in 2002 by the ISDR in close collaboration with relevant international
and other organizations (the updated version will be released in
These different activities and reports point to the need for a
framework delineating the fundamental elements and components of
disaster risk reduction. A common understanding of the subject
and structured approach could be extremely helpful in guiding future
disaster risk reduction efforts at different levels. A widely accepted
framework would permit the eventual development of benchmarks and
related indicators. Such tools would be extremely valuable to measure
the effects of, and provide a sound basis to guide, policies and
actions for disaster risk reduction.
The participation of the widest possible range of practitioners
and institutions will be crucial for the development, application
and ongoing refinement of the framework at national and local levels
The purpose of this first week is to hold a general exchange of
views on the process to develop a more broadly understood and commonly
accepted framework for disaster risk reduction and the added value
it may provide to the many actors in the subject. The discussion
should address both the development and use of the framework.